Houston Equal Rights Ordinance
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What is this?
The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) ensures that a broad range of hardworking Houstonians – regardless of race, age, gender, orientation, pregnancy, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or military status – has the opportunity to earn a living, take care of their families, have housing, and be served by businesses and government, without fear of discrimination.
Why does it matter?
HERO is not just important to LGBTQ people. In fact, 56 percent of the complaints filed in Houston while the equal rights ordinance was on the books were related to racial discrimination, with another 17 percent based on gender or pregnancy discrimination (City of Houston’s Inspector General, 2015). Houston is the largest city in the nation and the last major city in Texas to enact these protections. Everyone in Houston needs HERO.
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